Figuring it Out
What are We? Where Do We Come From? The Parallel Visions of Artists and Archaeologists
By (author) Lord Colin Renfrew
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Figuring it Out by Lord Colin Renfrew
Book DescriptionWhere do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? These questions were posed by Paul Gauguin in a famous canvas painted in Tahiti that heralded the beginning of the modernist era. But they are also the questions asked by modern prehistorians in their quest to reconstruct the human story. In Figuring It Out, Colin Renfrew investigates the profound convergence between the two disciplines, drawing illuminating parallels between the way the modern artist seeks to understand the world by acting upon it, and the way the archaeologist seeks to understand the world through the material traces of such actions. Professor Renfrew contends that the human condition can only be properly understood through the idea of 'process', of Homo Sapiens active material engagement with their world. Central to his thesis is an exploration of a group of leading contemporary artists, including Richard Long, Mark Dion, Antony Gormley, Eduardo Paolozzi and David Mach, whose works are notable for just such an engagement with their physical surroundings.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780500051146
(255mm x 183mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lord Colin Renfrew
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Death Rituals, Social Order and the Archaeology of Immortality in the Ancient World, Hardback (November 2015)
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Cambridge World Prehistory, Hardback (May 2014)View all books by Lord Colin Renfrew
The Cambridge World Prehistory provides a systematic and authoritative examination of the prehistory of every region around the world.
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Author Biography - Lord Colin Renfrew
Professor Lord Colin Renfrew is Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. Among his many book is Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (with Paul Bahn).
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